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The Hungry Homemaker by The Hungry Homemaker - 17h ago

If your house is like ours, there’s a never ending chorus of “I’m hungry!!!” Ringing through the halls this summer!

It’s seriously never ending, these kids are eating non stop!

Coming up with new snack ideas can be hard, but I’ve found something that our kids will devour, over and over again!

Apple Nachos, have become a huge hit in our house!

It’s a versatile snack, that you can switch up depending on your toppings of choice, allergies or other dietary restrictions. Plus!! This treat goes perfectly with our favorite drink of choice Allen’s apple juice!

They are guaranteed to satisfy the biggest summer time snack appetites, especially after spending the day in the pool!

Give them a try and watch how quiet the house suddenly gets… well besides the sounds of crunching!

  • 2 apples cored and sliced
  • 1/4 Cup peanut butter, melted. (Any nut or seed butter can be substituted)
  • 1/4 melted chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles!!
  1. Arrange your sliced apples on your plate
  2. Drizzle melted peanut butter and chocolate over slices.
  3. Add sprinkles and enjoy!!

That’s it!

It may not solve all your boredom problems this summer, but at least you’ve got snack time covered!

xo, Fran

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The warm weather has FINALLY arrived!

That means longer sunny days, and spending time outside on your patios!

While enjoying this beautiful weather, you’ll definitely need a drink to sip on! One that’s refreshing and easy to whip up. Either just for yourself to enjoy, or whenever you’re entertaining for family and friends!

This is the perfect family friendly drink, for any summer gathering. Try it today!

It seriously couldn’t be easier! All you need is:

  • 3 Cups, brewed and cooled English breakfast tea.
  • 1 Cup Allen’s apple Juice
  • Lemon slices for garnish

1. Brew your tea and let steep for 5 minutes, let cool

2. In a large pitcher pour in your Apple juice, add your tea and mix.

3. Serve chilled, garnished with ice cubes and lemon slices!

That’s it!

Simple, easy and refreshing!

Cheers to warm weather, sunny days and refreshing drinks!

Enjoy!

Fran

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This past long weekend we put our barbecue to VERY good use!

The kick off to warmer weather, always means the start of grilling season for our family.

We are out grilling as much as we can. Let’s be honest, who wants to slave over a hot stove when you can be outside enjoying the summer!

We use it for almost every meal and for every course .

Yes!

Even dessert!

These blooming apples are the perfect ending to a summer time meal!

So easy to put together, and even work on your campfire!

Just don’t forget the vanilla Ice Cream!

  • 4 Apples of your choice
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp sugar + 1/8 tsp nutmeg mixed together
  • 1/3 Cup chopped candied pecans
  • Caramel sauce for drizzling
  • Vanilla Ice cream
  1. Slice off the top ¼ of the apples and scoop out cores.
  2. Using a knife make a deep cut around the center of the apple. 
  3. Flip over apples and make narrow cuts all around, making sure to not cut through the bottom. In a small bowl, stir together melted butter and cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg . Brush apples all over with mixture.
  4. Wrap apples in foil and grill until tender, about 15 minutes. 
  5. Top with ice cream and drizzle with caramel.

(You can also, bake them in the oven at 375 for 30 minutes)

Enjoy,

Fran

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The Hungry Homemaker by The Hungry Homemaker - 3M ago

Slowly but surely, the warmer weather is on it way!

I’m more than ready for some summer time flavors! (Some sunshine, and less wind would be great too! ) But lets focus on the things I can actually control…

I whipped up this classic dessert, in hopes that maybe the weather would get the hint!

Make yourself a cup of tea, and enjoy this simple classic! With Mother’s Day coming up, it would be the perfect addition to your brunch table or dessert after a family meal!

  • 3 Cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Cup butter (room temp)
  • 2 Cups of sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 Cup lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 Cup ricotta cheese

Glaze

  • 1 1/2 Cups icing sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp buttermilk

Preheat oven to 325

  1. This recipe makes enough batter for two loaf pans. Lightly grease and flour two loaf pans. In a large bowl, mix together your flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. Using a mixer, cream together your butter and sugar until fluffy. Add your eggs one at a time mixing well in between each egg. Add your lemon juice and zest and mix well.
  3. Slowly add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients. Add your ricotta and mix until well combined.
  4. Divide your batter between the two pans, and smooth the tops. Bake for 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool 20 mins before removing it from the pan.
  6. In a small bowl combine your glaze ingredients. Mix well until sugar is dissolved. If too thick slowly add more buttermilk 1/2 tsp at a time until desired consistency is achieved.
  7. Let set 30 minutes and then serve!

Enjoy!

xo Fran

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The Hungry Homemaker by The Hungry Homemaker - 4M ago

So it happened, we fell into the Costco trap!

We saw a huge value pack of instant oatmeal, the kids said they would definitely eat it…. famous last words!

A week later and after only eating 4 packs out of 65, I’m left with an oatmeal stockpile!

I came up with this recipe, mainly because so help me they WILL eat that oatmeal for breakfast lol!

With only 3 ingredients, this pear crisp is a healthy breakfast the kids loved! Or it could even be used as a dessert! (Anyone have any vanilla ice cream to top it off!

The pears can be substituted for apples or even peaches! (We’ll definitely be doing peaches ASAP!) I used the maple and brown sugar flavored oatmeal, but you can sub in your fave.

  • 3 pouches your fave instant oatmeal. (I used maple and brown sugar)
  • 2 Cups pears, peeled and chopped (approx 2 large)
  • 4 Tbsp softened butter
  • 3 single serving ceramic ramekins to bake in.

Pre heat oven to 375

  1. In a small bowl mix together your butter and TWO pouches of oatmeal. (Using a fork or your hands) until formed into a crumble
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together your pears and the remaining pouch of oatmeal, until well coated.
  3. Distribute your pears into your ramekins equally. Then top with your crumble mixture.
  4. Bake for 20 mins until topping is golden brown. Serve warm!

A breakfast that taste like a dessert and is still healthy! (Plus, I’m sneakily using up all that damn oatmeal…. #momwin!)

Enjoy,

Fran

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The Hungry Homemaker by The Hungry Homemaker - 5M ago

So here’s the thing….

Last year I got a waffle iron ! After that fateful day, I literally made waffles every other day! Regular waffles, cake mix waffles hash brown waffles!

I couldn’t stop!

At the request of Mike, who was so tired of only eating waffle shaped food.. I put the waffle iron away!

This past weekend, the kids requested WAFFLES!!

It was time to pull out my old friend and get to work!

I’ve been on a peanut butter kick lately, I decided to put a little twist on our usual waffle recipe!

These peanut butter waffles were a big hit with the kids, and made the whole house smell heavenly! We topped ours with bananas and mini Reece’s pieces, because it’s Sunday and YOLO!!

Peanut Butter waffles

  • 2 Cups of flour
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Cups of milk
  • 1 Cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
    1. In a medium bowl, whisk together: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon.
      In a separate bowl mix together: eggs, milk, peanut butter and vegetable oil.
      Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix until there are no lumps.
      Cook according to your waffle iron directions.
  • Now it’s time for me to put away my waffle iron, before I get carried away again lol!
  • Do they have a waffle iron addicts anonymous? Because after having these I may go back to my old ways!

    Enjoy,

    Fran

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    The Hungry Homemaker by The Hungry Homemaker - 5M ago

    A few weeks ago, I joined some of my favorite ladies on a mini girls getaway. Mandy from Sparkle Shiny Love Cathy from A Boy And His Mom and Steph from Bawlers And Crawlers. I’m so lucky to have met these amazing ladies. They’ve become close friends and a huge support system for me.

    After the holidays, we were all in need in a little time away! The amazing people at Viamede Resort hosted us for the weekend!

    To make our way up to the resort, on that Snowy weekend. Clarington Toyota was so amazing, to provide us with a beautiful 2019 Highlander !It made for a super comfy (hello heated seats!) and super safe ride, on the snow covered highways.

    With plenty of trunk space, for all of our gear… and 4 grown women to fit! If you’re looking for a new SUV definitely check this one out!

    As soon as we checked into the resort, we took a mini tour to see what it had to offer!

    We loved all the amenities which included:

    • A gym
    • Indoor/ outdoor pool
    • Cozy seating area
    • Beautiful dining room
    • Ping pong table
    • Board games
    • Trails to walk on
    • Multiple winter activities, including ice skating and snowshoeing

    The views were stunning! The food was delicious! (seriously try the poutine!!) The rooms were cozy and inviting! Plus, nothing beats actually getting to sleep in on a weekend! As much as I did miss the kids… this mama loved catching up on her sleep!

    The weekend was full of so many laughs. My face hurt when we got home.

    I think sometimes, moms and dads feel guilty about taking time away.

    I can honestly say that after the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I was running on empty! Taking these few days away, with these amazing ladies, and beautiful views was just what I needed!

    If you get the opportunity to pay Viamede a visit I highly recommend it! Only an hour away from the city, but you feel a world away!

    Also if you’re looking for a new car…. head over to Clarington Toyota ask for Matt and tell him Fran sent you!

    Above all always take time for yourself. These 3 days away did wonders for us… It also give Mike a little glimpse into what I do at home every day… let’s just say, everyone was VERY glad to see me when I got home. Pretty sure Mike is already planning his getaway ASAP!

    xo Fran

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    The Hungry Homemaker by The Hungry Homemaker - 6M ago

    As soon as we had kids, Valentine’s Day became mostly about them!

    Don’t get me wrong… I’ll never refuse chocolates or a bouquet of flowers… but!

    We’ve started celebrating our little loves and our family on the day, instead of just Mike and I as a couple.

    We get the kids a little treat, nothing too big! Some sweet treats, heart glasses are a must and I couldn’t resist those little antennas!

    I thought it would be fun, to make a little game out of them getting their treats!

    I put together this super easy punch game!

    The kids loved taking turns and collecting their goodies!

    I paid a visit to our local dollar store and grabbed some:

    • Tissue paper
    • Red paper cups
    • A large foam poster board
    • Assorted candy
    • Valentine’s Day stamps

    I planned out my heart shape on the board first. Then I filled the cups with treats.

    After that I covered each cup with tissue paper, glued it down, and trimmed the edges.

    Once it was all dry we were ready to go!

    The kids actually loved taking turns picking a spot, punching the paper and discovering what was inside!

    I honestly don’t know who loved it more, Mike and I… or the kids!

    The fact that there was no fighting and we got to enjoy a cup of coffee while it was still hot, might make us the real winners! Ha!

    This will definitely be something we’ll be doing next year!

    It was such a simple project, that delivered huge smiles and laughs! Considering everything came from the dollar store, I’d say it was a huge Momwin!

    Don’t take my word for it!

    Just look at those smiles!

    xo,

    Fran

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    The Hungry Homemaker by The Hungry Homemaker - 6M ago

    You all know I’m all about quick and easy weeknight dinners!

    No one wants to stand in front of the stove for hours after work…. And let’s be honest, there’s only so much takeout you can order until your wallet and waistband have had enough!

    This one pot pasta, has all the flavors of one of my favorite things, antipasto! Tomatoes, olives and artichokes! Need I say more?

    From start to finish this dish will take you 30 mins and with only one pot to clean up, you’ll be relaxing on the couch in no time!

    • 1/4 of a pack of spaghetti (that’s the usual for our family)
    • 3 cups of water
    • 1 can of vegetable broth
    • 1 can of roasted tomatoes
    • 1 can marinated artichoke hearts, drained
    • 1 cup, pitted black olives
    • 1 medium red onion, sliced
    • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • Optional feta cheese to top
      In a large pot, bring your water to a boil. Then add your pasta, broth, tomatoes, artichokes, onions, olives and thyme. On high heat.
      Allow everything to return to a boil, and stir.
      Bring pasta to a simmer and lower to medium heat. Continue to occasionally stir as the pasta cooks.
      The water will eventually reduce, while the pasta cooks, and turn into more of a sauce.
      Once the pasta is cooked (approx 14 minutes) season to taste with salt and pepper.
      Serve while still hot and garnish with crumbled feta if you’d like!

    Simple, easy and delicious!

    Enjoy,

    Fran

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    The Hungry Homemaker by The Hungry Homemaker - 6M ago

    It’s easy to fall into a breakfast rut!

    Every Sunday we’ve made it our goal to have a family breakfast! There’s no one at work or at school, and no running around to practices or dance classes!

    Let’s be honest!

    During the week we rarely eat breakfast together, or at the table. Usually the kids are wolfing down the rest of their breakfast as we run out the door!

    So Sunday breakfasts are a set date!

    We were growing tired of the usual bacon and eggs, and our waffle maker needed a break! So we discovered the deliciousness that is shakshuka!

    This super easy recipe is packed full of flavor! The smell alone got the kids jumping out of bed and ready dig in!

    Since the first day, we’ve also made it for dinner and switched up the ingredients a bit!

    The possibilities are endless! Add in your favorite meats, beans and veggies and it will be a hit every time!

    • 2 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1 lb Italian sausages (casing removed)
    • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
    • 1 tbsp paprika
    • 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper (or more to taste)
    • 2 medium yellow bell peppers, diced
    • 4 cloves of garlic, minced (less if you prefer)
    • 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes
    • 6 medium eggs
    • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
    1. In a large frying pan on medium heat, add your olive oil, sausage, onion, bell peppers, paprika, salt and pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes until sausage is browned.
    2. Add the garlic and cook for about 2 more minutes.
    3. Add your can of tomatoes, stir everything together and let simmer for 5 minutes.
    4. Crack your eggs into the mixture, spread them out as evenly as possible. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes.
    5. Sprinkle your parsley on top and serve !

    May I also suggest the freshest loaf of crusty bread!! In my opinion it’s an essential for dipping!!

    Enjoy!

    Fran

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